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Isn’t it a pyrrhic victory? : Over-privatization and universal access in tertiary education of Korea

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  • Isn’t it a pyrrhic victory?
  • Kim, Ki-Seok; Woo, Yong-Je
  • Education Research Institute, Seoul National University


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Title Isn’t it a pyrrhic victory?
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Over-privatization and universal access in tertiary education of Korea

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Kim, Ki-Seok; Woo, Yong-Je

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Seoul : Education Research Institute, Seoul National University

Date 2009-03
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Asia Pacific Educ. Rev.:vol. 10
Pages 13
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Holding Seoul National University
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This article analyzes the Korean passage to tertiary education for all. With a specific focus on traditional form of higher education, it tries to answer the questions of how and why this extra-ordinary phenomenon happens in a short period of time. Applying a historical sociology method, it attempts to explain the mechanism and consequences of the simultaneous transition to universal access to both the secondary and tertiary education. Over-privatization has been the primary mechanism behind the simultaneous transition since the late 1960s. Such a heavy overflow of privatization in achieving universal access places a significant financial burden on families, particularly those of a disadvantaged socioeconomic status. The more financial resources that come from the private sector, the more difficult it becomes to attain equitable access. (The rest omitted)